The Best New Year Resolutions To Improve Your Dental Health

As the new year has come and gone many people across the globe make it a mission to improve themselves as they go into the new year. Many choose to try and lose some weight, go to the gym more, or quit a nasty habit. Our team decided to make a list for those who want to make a change to their dental health. We chatted as a group and came up with our top seven new year resolutions that we believe could substantially impact someone’s dental health. As you read through these are all actions that take no more than 5 minutes to complete, but could change the way you live your life. Improved dental health has been shown to lead to a happier, more successful life. Our team recommends starting with one of these and doing multiple if you feel up to the task. 

Here is our list of the best new year resolutions to improve your dental health 

Start flossing your teeth daily

Experts suggest that the average American should floss every day. However, if you are like over 70% of Americans this isn’t the case. Take the new year to upgrade your dental health by simply flossing. Your gums will thank you. This is one of the easiest dental new year resolutions on this list and takes less than 2 minutes to do. We recommend pairing this with your morning or nighttime brushing routine for best results.

Tooth Tip – When looking for dental floss at the store make sure to find one with the ADA badge. This means it’s been tested and dentists across the country recommend it. 

Learn more about how to floss by checking out our previous blog: How often should you really floss?

Brush right after you wake up 

One of the most common dental-based new year resolutions is to consistently brush your teeth. Setting a time to brush your teeth every day can really help in that goal. You only get one set of adult teeth so you have to make sure you treat them well. Our team recommends making a new year resolution of brushing your teeth right after you wake up. This will jumpstart your day and lead to a morning routine.

Create a daily dental routine 

Speaking of a morning routine. Our third new year resolution suggestion is to create a dental routine. This routine would be for both night and morning and would include brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and any other additions you want to add. As the old saying goes, consistency is key and dental health is no different. One of our team’s dental routines includes waking up and watching the Duluth sunrise, brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and then smiling. You can really make your dental routine your own so feel free to get creative with it.

Go in for a dental cleaning 

The ADA recommends that individuals get their teeth checked at least every 6 months. This allows the dentists to do preventative maintenance and clean your teeth. Making this a priority and booking both your visits is a great new year resolution for anyone trying to grow their dental hygiene. These appointments take less than an hour and will leave your mouth feeling the best it has. 

If you are in the Duluth, Minnesota area make sure to schedule your appointment with us here at Woodland Family Dental. Give us a call at (218) 724-8227 to set yours up today.

Take time to smile more 

Extensive research has shown that those who smile more are happier. When you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress. Then other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins come into play too. Adding smiling to your morning dental routine could lead you on a path to a more successful life. Also smiling is contagious! smile at someone and watch as they spread a smile to the next person. 

Stop smoking this year 

Smoking is one of the most destructive habits for your teeth. It’s one of the leading causes of gum disease and has been known to lead to smokers’ teeth falling out. If you smoke and need a reason to quit we recommend this as your new year resolution. Learn more about the dangers of smoking with teeth by checking out this article from the ADA. 

Lower your sugar intake 

If you have a sweet tooth like us you may know a thing or two about cavities. Eating excessive sugar or drinking sugary drinks raises the chances of cavities. Now we aren’t saying you should give up sugary things, but lowering your intake can help you substantially down the line. We also recommend drinking fluoride water (most tap water) as it will help strengthen your teeth.

Sticking to one of these new year resolutions could change your life. For more expert tips make sure to check out our website, or give us a call today to set up your appointment.

Woodland Family Dental is one of Duluth, Minnesota’s top family dental offices. with over 50 five-star reviews on Google and Facebook, our team makes it our mission to provide the best dentistry for anyone that needs it. Our experienced team of dentists offers a wide array of dental services including general cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. Woodland Family Dental is here to help you with your dental needs. Not to mention our great location on Miller Trunk Highway right next to the mall in Duluth, Minnesota. Woodland Family Dental cares about helping our patients and accepts almost all insurances. Set up an appointment today and see why so many families love us. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date, get more tips, and learn about what our team is up to.

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